The Universal Access Collection houses a variety of materials for those with differing abilities (including, but not limited to, patrons with physical disabilities, visual impairments, hearing impairments, learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and developmental disabilities), as well as those who work with them. The collection includes books (including fiction, informational, and braille), magnifiers, adapted and therapeutic toys, learning manipulatives, assistive devices, and more, with a goal of providing more equitable access to library resources for patrons whose needs are not being met by other, traditional library collections.
2022-2023 Sponsored in part by a donation from Entech Staffing Solutions and a grant from Troy Community foundation.
Universal Access Workstation
The Universal Access Workstation, located in our Youth Services department, is a designated computer terminal equipped with assistive software and hardware that add needed accessibility for many with cognitive and intellectual difficulties, speech and language disorders, learning disabilities, vision impairments, and other needs. The Workstation includes a voice-to-text program, an assistive reading/writing program, and a software program that allows the computer to be controlled via capability switches. Hardware, including a capability switch, a combination headphone/microphone headset, and a document camera, is also available for use. The Workstation aims to provide more universal access to the digital resources and public computing options available at the Troy Public Library.